I am in a warm hostel here!  Something that has been lacking in the last few evenings.  I am taking a full break and staying in a sanctuary room….bathroom with all the amenities right in the room!   AHHHHHH!  Luxury!  I haven’t had to hunt for a heater, figure out how to use a heater, or listen to the loud creaking of one.  Just toasty warm.  This afternoon I kicked back in a cinema that was full of couches!  And a car, just in case one felt like being part of the drive-in feeling.  Saw the new Batman….excellent!

Yesterday, I was up on the Franz Josef Glacier–took a helicopter ride up, landed and began exploring–crevices, caves, tunnels…the sun was shining and it was a gorgeous day to be on the mountain.  Hard to believe this is winter here….where is the snow and biting cold? Then a quick heli ride down and over to the hot pools after a hard earned Big Breakfast.  I have finally figured out the barista type of coffee I like–Flat White is my order.  Mom, you would love it here for your coffee fix.

Went on a hike this morning to the reflecting lake–on a clear day the highest mountain here in NZ can been seen reflected in the lake water.  Mt. Cook is the highest and the second highest is Tazman.  Both are named after the first explorers to this region.  Abel Tazman actually found NZ first; however, had a few of his crew members killed after being attacked, so he never landed.  James Cook then made the discovery by stepping foot on land.  The strait between the two islands is also named after Cook, and of course the Tazman Sea.  It was odd to see that the picture reflecting in the water was a clearer picture of the mountain then looking right at the actual mountains.  After the hike I was able to settle into a Flat White and a gluten-free brownie. 

Tomorrow I head further South to Queenstown for an exploration day of Milford Sound on Friday and the following day a day to scare myself….Canyon Swing…here’s hoping I can be brave and just do it!!!

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3 Responses to Wanaka

  1. Aleksandra Mayers says:

    Glad to hear you explored Franz Josef Glacier!! One of the highlights! I didn’t get to do the helicopter though, we hiked 8 hours to the top! I can’t wait to hear about your experiences on the Canyon Swing! LOVED it!!!!
    I remember those cold sleeps in NZ. I always wore a tuque to bed 🙂
    Enjoy Queenstown, and make sure you experience the nightlife there.

  2. Wendy Clarke says:

    Got the Night Life and the Fergburger–had one each of the first two days and on the third she told me what I would be getting—seriously!

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